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OWN ℃

by Jap Kasai

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IOTA Absolutely amazing, love it very much!
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jack-chuter I love all of this. Especially the way Jap Kasai duets with the vocal samples. Especially the way the percussion is applied so carefully, as if squeezed out of a pipette. And especially how the melodies are blotted out with electronics, synth trumpets...all sorts. Every single track is exquisite.
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Harsh Agarwal JapaneseFolk choir, foot pedals, blasting trumpets. When all this comes together along with the skill of Jap Kasai it results in seriously banging music.
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Albi Outstanding. Fun to the bone. A mindblowing production. Give it a try right now! I'm glad I have it in my collection. Favorite track: やらずぶったくり yarazu buttakuri.
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    Artist: Jap Kasai
    Album: OWN ℃
    Format: Digital / Tape
    Cat.No: CHI028
    Master: Jap Kasai
    Artwork: Saphy Vong
    Release Date: 10th May 2021

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Artist: Jap Kasai

Album: OWN ℃

Format: Digital / Tape

Cat.No: CHI028

Master: Jap Kasai

Artwork: Saphy Vong

Release Date: 10th May 2021

Japanese folk, Juke and Footwork meet in a joyful, hook-filled union on Jap Kasai’s newest album, OWN ℃. Using the Japanese concept of 温故知新 (onko-chishin), meaning "developing new ideas based on study of the past," Jap Kasai finds a totally unique expression of Japanese Ondo and Minyo folk music infused with a hypnotic and exuberant modernity.

Jap Kasai has been experimenting with ancient folk styles since 2015. He later discovered Footwork and juke.

“They created a new groove by sampling old soul music. They use soulful voices effectively,” explains the Kyoto-based producer. “So, I decided to replace [the vocals] with Japanese Monyo folk songs, because it was said that Minyo was the soul music of the country where I was born. At first it was half a joke. But, I gradually felt the depth of Minyo.”

The marriage of Minyo and footwork isn’t as strange as it might sound on paper. On OWN ℃, the rhythmic, distended vocal style of Minyo singers (often backed by Jap Kasai’s own vocals) and the skittish, loose architecture of footwork creates a compelling new style that honours both musical traditions. Tracks such as 酔鴨 yoi kamo build in a grooving, circular loop, driven onwards by a ramshackle undercurrent of complex beats.

“Juke is a relatively new rhythm, but somehow ancient,” says Jap Kasai. “And fast rhythms make you feel slow in a way. Curiously, I got the same feeling when listening to Japanese folk songs. It's often a mix of slow drum rhythms and fast, metallic rhythms. Voices are also used differently from the West. I found this very interesting.”

The title OWN ℃ combines a number of his concerns as an artist. It is a nod to his grandmother, ヲウン or Woun. Also, as he explains, "OWN ℃ can be read as "Ondo" in Japanese. And also OWN ℃ means "own body temperature". It is important in coronavirus disasters. Therefore, a simple wordplay gets a strange meaning.”

Despite sampling music from the recent and distant past, OWN ℃ addresses some very timely concerns. “Now the division of labour is very advanced,” he says. “We often feel as if our mind and body have become separate by internet. There are positive aspects to these systems. But I also think it has become more difficult to empathize deeply with things and to feel raw realisation. We need to change our lifestyles based on a real sense of mind and body.” A jubilant, danceable record, OWN ℃ reminds us of our own warm materiality.



"OWN ℃ is easy to love, shot through with a joyful energy and sense of play" The Wire Magazine

About Jap Kasai:
Based in Kyoto, Daisuke Iijima has been making music since 2015. He runs the cassette label hoge tapes.

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released May 10, 2021

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